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president. and the unlikely stars smooch. the agony and ecstasy of being caught by the scoreboard kiss cam. good evening. i'm bill weir. well, some call it viagra for the brain. the ultimate pill for a 24/7 society. and it almost sounds too good to be true. a prescription medication that keeps you focused and awake for days at a time without the jitters of caffeine. with no crash. no serious side effects, at least none they've discovered yet. it is called provigil. and although it was created to treat sleep disorders, off-label use has skyrocketed. and abc's dan harris shows us why. >> we can only access 20% of our brain. >> it lets you access all of it.
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>> reporter: the idea is so tantalizing, they made a movie about it. in "limitless" bradny cooper starts taking a new drug and poof -- >> a tablet a day and i was limitless. >> reporter: this notion of living through better chemistry. >> what's your secret? >> medication. >> reporter: it may seem utterly fantastical. but not so says dave asprey. he gets up at 4:45, pops a pill, prepares breakfast for his two children and gallops into his job as vice president of a billion-dollar security firm. >> this could be the difference between i'm just making it through the day to i had the best day of my life. >> reporter: the drug is called provigil. it's only approved for narcot narcolepsy or sleep apnea. and many people are taking it for off-label use to boost energy and focus. the drug nicknamed viagra for
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the brain is commonly being used by military pilots, pro athletes, pro poker players and maybe by the man or woman who is kicking your butt at the office. on the internet there are hundreds of sites for provigil explaining how to get your doctor to prescribe it for you. in fact, there's literally one site called buyprovigilwithout prescription.com. we found a whole secret society of the successful using provigil to get ahead. the lobbyist who gets up at 5:00 a.m. for two full workouts before work. >> i could not do this without the provigil. it wouldn't be the same. >> from what you're saying, you're saying it's hard to overstate the impact this has had on your life? >> it's amazing. >> reporter: the computer writer who can write code for 12 hours at a time. >> it ep hads you focus up for exceptionally long periods of time. >> reporter: and the brain researcher finding connections nobody's is seeing. >>s just a clear day.
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the fog isn't there. >> reporter: turns out they are sister, but the brain researcher can't get a researcher. so the two have established a black market. >> how large do you send her a pill? >> well, she tries to use it very sparingly so i don't have to send her as much. but she said, too, she couldn't live without it. it's the miracle drug. >> reporter: dave asprey, one of the few people willing to go public wh the provigil use, he once flew to australia 20 hours with no sleep. got off the plane, took a provigil and gave a series of speeches that were so good that made the local papers. recently, a reporter took provigil, 24 hours later with no sleep he was intently assembling furniture at 3:00 in the morning. however, this drug is not approved simply as an energy-booster for otherwise healthy people. a few years ago, the maker of this drug got slapped with a
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warning for marketing your off-purpose uses. we do not recommend provigil for cognitive enhancement. we called doctors all over the country to ask them. >> a downside to provigil. the truth is most people do not suffer any side effects. there is, however, one big fear. and it what we don't know. there have been no studies of the long-term effects of provigil on people like dave asprey. >> why put yourself at undue risk when you could simply get more sleep and engage in habits that are conducive to sleep? >> reporter: still, the believers are determined to take provigil even if it means making themselves into human genie pigs. as a kind of experiment, we asked dave to stop taking the drug for three days and undergo
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cognitive tests to measure his concentration and reaction time. during this whole 72-hour period, he said he just felt off. >> i've noticed that my speech is very slightly altered. >> reporter: after three days, i watched as he popped a provigil. all right. so let's do it. >> let's see. >> reporter: it took only 17 minutes for him to snap back. the world suddenly seemed brighter, he said. ♪ dave compared it to the scene in the "the wizard of oz" where it goes from black and white to color. and remember those cognitive tests? even we could see it on the screen. a pronounced improvement over the day before. he said, even if it were to turn out that provigil could shorten his life, so be it. >> i would like to really live during those years when i'm alive. provigil helps me do that. >> reporter: a little pill posing a provocative question. in a modern world where everybody wants an edge, how far are you willing to go?
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for "nightline," this is dan harris in new york. >> our thanks to dan harris. and coming up next, right on the heels of her monster hit "on the floor" j. lo teaming up with enrique iglesias on the monster tour. we take you backstage to talk about romance with her younger choreographer. ♪ brazil, morocco, london to i beez za. "nascar countdown" ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] summer is here. and so too is the summer event.
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it is the dream tour for millions of die-hard latin pop fans as jenny, formerly of the block, and screaming girl magnet enrique iglesias team up to a
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big budget tour. j. lo fresh off her high-profile judging gig on "american idol." they're already selling off shows and abc's amy robach is now backstage as they kick off the tour. >> reporter: enrique iglesias. and jennifer lopez have both transformed latin pop over the past decade. ♪ topping the charts with dozens of hits and amassing millions of adoring fans. now, they're joining forces for a highly anticipated world tour. ♪ fresh off her announcement that she's walking away from "american idol." lopez is ready to focus on her music once again. >> you know, i haven't performed enough. and that's why people don't really know me as a live performer, but this is my moment to really show what i can do what i've always known i can do but haven't done.
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>> reporter: "nightline" was invited to go behind the scenes in montreal canada. >> i don't know if i can touch him. >> you can touch him. >> reporter: this is where the power duo are teaming up for opening night. >> one, two, three! >> this is the big gig, huh? this is where the magic happens? >> the nerves. >> were you nervous? >> you looked cool as a cucumber last night. i don't panic. >> reporter: don't let the last-minute jitters fool you with seven world tours under his belt and multiple appearances at this venue alone, playing to sold-out crowds is old hat for enrique and his team. the stakes are much higher for enrique's co-headliner, world tour is only one of the accomplishments lopez hasn't checked off her bucket list. her new show takes her through a journey. >> the show is a depiction of
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who i am right now. and i wanted show the different parts of my personality and who my fans know me to be. jenny from the block? >> jenny from the block, but they want the hollywood glamour and they want the party latin girl. and they want, you know, that passionate, you know, funky moment. they expect all those things from me. that's what i tried to do. >> reporter: and throughout the stages of her life, she's had very public romances and breakups from ben affleck to p. diddy to the most recent divorce from marc anthony, the father of her 4-year-old twins. but despite the heartbreak, j. lo wants her fans to know she's not giving up on love. >> it's hard sometimes. it's amazing sometimes. but it's not something that you could ever be without. human beings need love to survive. even though it doesn't work out sometimes, you just have to keep going. >> reporter: and that's message in the new single "dance again." ♪ i'm gonna dance making love
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>> reporter: which enrique wrote for her around the time she was reeling from the divorce. >> the idea of dancing again, living again, even just loving again at that moment in my life felt so far-fetched. you know? and it was just like, no, that belief for me could never die because if that part of you dies, it's just like what is life? ♪ love to make love to you baby ♪ >> reporter: j. lo's co-star for this steam? video is backup dancer beau casper smart. her 25-year-old boyfriend. he's surprisingly composed when he explains how he managed to land one of the most beautiful women in the entertainment business. >> it was just very natural. there was nothing beforehand. when it happened, it actually happened. there was nothing before, no flirting. >> reporter: are picks of the two have made the rounds on tabloids for months. but jennifer has been very private about the new man in her
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life. >> are you open to talking about the new love of your life? >> no. [ laughter ] >> i'll talk about him. >> okay. no -- >> he's a good man. >> yeah, he is. >> he's got a great are smile? >> yes, he does. >> great body, too. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: she may be coy about her relationship in public, but as we quickly learned backstage, casper rarely leaves her side. >> one thing -- ♪ >> reporter: she made him a coreographer, and one of the main artistic forces behind her show. and backstage moments before the opening night performance. it's casper who escorts jennifer to the nightly team prayer and feels this last intimate moment with the star before she takes the stage. >> i ask her, who's the champ? she says, i am? i say who's the champ? she says, i am. i said, okay, then kill it. >> hello, lovers!
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>> reporter: while j. lo's love life is on constant display, her co-headliner has managed to keep his love live with anna kournikova out of the headlines. >> enrique, you've managed to keep your love life very private. what's your secret? >> what is your secret? >> i've gotta go. >> i just need it. i need that balance in my life. i think relationships are tough, period. whether you're famous. whether you're not famous. so under the public eye, it's -- i think that makes it even tougher. >> reporter: something jennifer has experienced first hand. >> it's difficult in this business being the woman that i am, doing the things that i do, being in the spotlight. it can be difficult for anybody who has to stand by my side. but at the end of the day, i know that i deserve that. and i know that god knows that i deserve that. and i know it's going to happen one day in the right way. in the best way. ♪
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>> everybody over here! >> reporter: it's that kind of tireslessly romantic hope that fuels the passion in her show and keeps fans coming back for more. i'm amy robach for "nightline" in montreal. >> our thanks to amy. coming up next, even the most powerful man in the free world is no match for the peer pressure of the jumbotron. where do the obamas sit in the all-time kiss cam hall of fame? [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate. really? i was afraid you'd have some cut-rate policy. [ kyle ] nope, i've got... [ voice of dennis ] ...the allstate value plan. it's their most affordable car insurance -- and you still get an allstate agent. i too have... [ voice of dennis ]...allstate. [ roger ] same agent and everything. [ kyle ] it's like we're connected. no we're not. yeah we are. no...we're not. ♪ ask an allstate agent about the value plan. are you in good hands?
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there's a break in the game.
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maybe you're courtside, maybe you're up in the bleachers. at some point, you glance up and realize that's you on the jumbotron. and 35,000 strangers now want you to smooch the person next to you whoever they are. after president obama tasted the coerced tierney of kiss cam, we asked abc to bring us the best and worst. tonight's "sign of the times." >> reporter: a moment of forced intimacy popped up on the jumbotron for any and all to see. kiss cam is undaunted. >> president obama with the in-house arena kiss cam. >> reporter: even the leader of the free world must admit that highlight from the usa game more than just that. kiss cam isn't just every guy's nightmare. the relationship pop quiz in front of a stadium of strangers. it's actually changed the way we
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watch spectator sports. if we're in public, you got to be part of the action, instead of watching the game, we're watching ourselves. personally, i hate the kiss cam. i do not go to sporting events to make out. if you go to a game, watch the game. if you like to kiss your date, that's terrific. but take her some place where she's the focus of your affection and not lebron james, all right? your lady deserves better. >> reporter: how the couple responds can be as unpredictable as the action in the game. an opportunity for humor. [ laughter ] >> reporter: an invitation for lust. ♪ >> reporter: and of course, the distinct possibility of humiliation and of your better half. this guy picked beer over his girlfriend. another guy proposed only to have the girlfriend decline. >> i guess she didn't sneneed t think about it. >> reporter: in this game, they
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just went for it. and not the kiss cam, but president obama must have heard the boos. >> they're booing. >> reporter: in the instant replay when the kiss cam gave him a do-over, he borrowed a page out of "anger management." showing the love, first lady and the fans. why would anyone want to show a private moment in a beer stadium surrounded by sweaty dudes? because you have to, that's why. when you really want the kiss camera, it's never around, right? you've had a couple of $8 beers, you're ready to make a run at that special lady. you're waiting and waiting. what happens, it's this gal and that gal. you know what you find out, america is not really that pretty a country. >> reporter: then again, a
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five-second smooch never hurt anybody. i'm david wright for "nightline" in los angeles. >> i'm bet he's glad he didn't bring biden to that game. our thanks to david wright. thank you. "gma" in the morning. jimmy kimmel next. see you tomorrow. >> dicky: up next on an all new "jimmy kimmel live," >> it's all good. you find a diplomatic solution. however, guns, voila! >> olivia munn. and music from matisyahu. >> we need to make sure this country, the united states of america is now and forever the

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